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  • Korean Tourism Organization Launches DMZ Tour Packages

    10/22/2018 12:38:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Korea Bizwire ^ | October 22, 2018 | Lina Jang
    SEOUL, Oct. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The Korea Tourism Organization announced yesterday that it had developed three travel packages that allow tourists to visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The first package, the “Hwacheon DMZ Mt. Seorak Train Tour” had a total of 80 people leaving Busan and Miryang by train to make stops at the Observation Deck in Hwacheon, the Peace Dam, Bimok Park and other attractions. On the last day of the tour, visitors enjoyed the autumn foliage at the Jujeongol at Mangyeongdae Pavilion in Seoraksan National Park. The second program had 40 retired shipbuilding workers from the...
  • Breaks Start to Go Beto's Way in Texas Senate Race [semi-satire]

    10/21/2018 8:58:36 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 21 Oct 2018 | John Semmens
    <p>This week Democratic candidate for the Texas US Senate Beto O'Rourke got a major boost when former Mexican President Vicente Fox endorsed him over his GOP rival Sen. Ted Cruz. Fox pleaded with Texas voters to back O'Rourke, saying "it's the only way to ensure that the f*cking wall is never built. The path must remain open for Mexicans to enter Texas and reverse the land-grab perpetrated in 1836."</p>
  • Disney World Raises Its Prices ... Because It Can

    10/18/2018 11:46:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | October 17, 2018 | Rick Munarriz, The Motley Fool
    It's going to cost a bit more to park or be a passholder at Disney's (NYSE: DIS) sprawling theme park resort in Florida. Disney World is boosting the parking lot prices at its four theme parks by at least 11%, with the biggest percentage move coming for standard parking -- up 14% to $25 for cars and motorcycles. Parking has always been included for passholders, but those annual ransoms also went up on Tuesday. Annual passes for the four different tiers are now 3% to 9% higher than they were earlier in the week, with the largest percentage increase for...
  • The other side of Korea: Art, food and history

    10/18/2018 9:58:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Jakarta Post ^ | October 19, 2018 | Ary Hermawan
    A group of Indonesian journalists, including The Jakarta Post, was invited by the Korea Tourism Organization to join a familiarization trip to South Korea. A number of Asian journalists and bloggers from Malaysia, Singapore, China and Japan also took part in the three-day trip. It was raining on the day we arrived in Seoul, South Korea — a typhoon was approaching and a festival meant to welcome autumn was canceled. In many other cities, such a situation would turn a perfectly planned holiday into an expensive misfortune. But not in Seoul, a city so vibrant that not even bad weather...
  • Melania Trump Visits Newborn Victims of Opioid Crisis Following Plane Malfunction

    10/17/2018 2:46:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 17, 2018 | The Associated Press
    First lady Melania Trump is touring an intensive care unit at a Philadelphia hospital to learn about the care being given to newborns suffering from opiate withdrawal. She was late for the visit Wednesday morning after her first flight was forced to return to a Washington area military base because of smoke in the cabin. She took a different plane to make the trip....
  • Melania Trump to focus on opioids, newborns in hospital tour

    10/16/2018 7:25:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    WHTM-TV ^ | October 16, 2018 | The Associated Press
    <p>PHILADELPHIA (AP) - First lady Melania Trump will travel to Philadelphia to meet with families of children who were affected by exposure to opioids while in the womb.</p> <p>Mrs. Trump is being joined on her Wednesday visit to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar.</p>
  • More foreigners coming to Korea for plastic surgery

    10/10/2018 5:39:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Yonhap News Agency ^ | October 11, 2018 | Staff
    SEOUL, Oct. 11 (Yonhap) -- More than 48,000 foreigners came to South Korea last year to get cosmetic surgery, spending some 215 billion won (US$189.12 million), health ministry data showed on Thursday. The numbers provided to Rep. Nam In-soon of the ruling Democratic Party for a parliamentary audit showed 397,882 foreign patients visited South Korea last year and paid 639.9 billion won in medical fees. The numbers are down 6.5 percent for the volume of patients and down 25.6 percent for the amount of money spent. Corresponding figures for plastic surgery patients, however, increased. There were 968 more foreigners who...
  • 2016 Tacoma Air Temp Sensor Weirdness

    10/10/2018 4:37:20 PM PDT · by wally_bert · 51 replies
    10/10/18 | Self
    Today on the way home on an 85 degree or so day, my 16 Tacoma's air temp sensor kept dropping steadily until it hit -34 outside. The truck runs fine, no errors on the dash, performance seemed the same. In the last few miles, it started registering a little above 0 degrees. I got home no problem and changed the sensor out since I had a spare on hand. I did unhook the battery first. After swapping and powering back up, air temp was a steady 20 something degrees. No warning lights. Normal sounding and running. I found a default...
  • 'Trump Slump' doesn’t exist, says head of US tourism

    10/10/2018 10:49:07 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | October 10, 2018 | Hugh Morris, Travel News Editor
    The controversial presidency of Donald Trump is not having a negative impact on the American tourism industry, the man in charge of marketing the US to the world has told Telegraph Travel. A number of sources earlier this year and last reported that the number of international visitors to America was down as much as 5 per cent, losing the US economy up to £140million a week, according to the Global Business Travel Association. The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said that arrivals fell by 4 per cent in the first six months of 2017, in the wake of...
  • Trump considers Mar-a-Lago for Kim summit

    10/09/2018 12:49:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Politico ^ | October 9, 2018 | Matthew Choi
    President Donald Trump said Tuesday he was pleased with ongoing discussions with North Korea, adding he would like a future summit with the country's leader Kim Jong Un at his Mar-a-Lago estate or on North Korean territory. Trump's comments come after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim in Pyongyang to further denuclearization efforts on the Korean Peninsula. Following the meeting, Kim agreed to allow outside nuclear inspectors into the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site to prove that it had been irrevocably dismantled, but the North Korean leader did not make any promises to fully denuclearize the country without significant...
  • At a Korea-sponsored school, Americans learn the language with K-pop, dramas and more

    10/08/2018 12:15:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    NBC News ^ | October 8, 2018 | Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil
    The King Sejong Institute Foundation — part of the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism — operates 174 language centers in 57 countries. IRVINE, Calif. — The South Korean government has chosen a Southern California language program to become part of its global initiative to advance the Korean language. The King Sejong Institute Foundation — which is part of the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism — operates 174 language centers in 57 countries as a way to encourage non-native speakers to learn Korean. This year, it named 16 new sites, including the Korean American Center...
  • N.J. is the most stressed-out state in this stress ball of a country, job site claims

    10/05/2018 4:25:19 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 17 replies
    Newark Star-Ledger ^ | October 4, 2018 | Spencer Kent
    You're stressed out. I'm stressed out. We're all stressed out. It's official: New Jersey is the most stressed out state in the U.S. (at least according to a recent report by Zippia). Garden State? More like The Agita State. Is it our long work hours? Having to sit in traffic on Route 1 (probably)? Are there just too many people in this state and we're all driving each other insane?
  • Melania Trump Loses Footing With Elephant, but Not With Kids

    10/05/2018 12:23:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | October 5, 2018 | Darlene Superville, The Associated Press
    Melania Trump briefly lost her footing when a baby elephant startled her with a sudden move, but she was anything but out of step when children living in an orphanage in Kenya welcomed her to their home with song and dance. Melania Trump briefly lost her footing when a baby elephant startled her with a sudden move, but the first lady was anything but out of step when children at an orphanage welcomed her to their home with African song and dance. It didn't take long for the typically reserved U.S. first lady to dive fully into the moment. Mrs....
  • Struggling Malawi school gets 1.4 million books from Melania Trump

    10/04/2018 1:32:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    News 24 ^ | October 4, 2018 | The Associated Press
    Melania Trump got a different view of educating children as she visited an African primary school on Thursday that has benefited from US assistance but struggles with an enrollment of more than 8 500 students. Some children learn lessons outdoors, seated shoulder-to-shoulder on loose, red dirt. Mrs Trump toured several outdoor classrooms at Chipala Primary School in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi, the second stop on her four-nation tour of the continent. The school is among those in the landlocked country that receive education assistance from the US Agency for International Development, including textbooks. Mrs Trump was on hand as...
  • What can Melania Trump really accomplish in Africa? Plenty

    10/04/2018 8:52:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 4, 2018 | Natalie Gonnella-Platts, Contributor
    Melania Trump is keen to make a difference in the lives of children around the world and noted as much during a speech at the 73rd U.N. General Assembly. In her remarks, she made direct mention of the good work being led by fellow first ladies Rebecca Akufo-Addo, Margaret Kenyatta and Gertrude Mutharika. First ladies, community activists and changemakers of all ages are moving the needle on important issues at local, national and regional levels. This work cannot be overlooked as Melania Trump travels to Ghana, Kenya, Malawi and Egypt. Trump cited a desire to replicate U.S. programs "that are...
  • Old Soviet Excuse Recycled [semi-satire]

    10/02/2018 10:08:14 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 Sep 2018 | John Semmens
    This week Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) tried to blame bad weather for the population drain affecting his state. Marc Molinaro, his Republican opponent in the race for governor, pounced on the excuse and pointed out that “Stalin and the old Soviet Union said the same thing after their disastrous collectivization of farms led to a sharp decline in output and widespread famine.” “Weather is a variable that has always existed,” Molinaro observed. “Individuals have coped with it for thousands of years. The capitalism and free markets that have prevailed across the United States have enabled individuals to mitigate and overcome...
  • Dear Melania Trump ... A Kenyan And A Ghanaian Offer Advice For Her Africa Trip

    10/01/2018 9:46:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    National Public Radio's Goats and Soda ^ | October 1, 2018 | Esther Ngumbi and George Mwinnyaa
    This week, first lady Melania Trump is embarking on a trip to Africa, with stops in Ghana, Kenya, Egypt and Malawi. Details of her itinerary were not initially available, so we turned to two of our contributors, a public health worker who is originally from Ghana and a scientist from Kenya, for their suggestions in the form of a letter to the first lady. Make Time For Rural Life Welcome, to beautiful Kenya — the country I call home. Welcome to Africa, my mother continent. Most likely, you will be taken on a safari — because that is what every...
  • New Immigration Standard Called "Unfair" [semi-satire]

    09/28/2018 5:55:37 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 30 Sep 2018 | John Semmens
    The Trump Administration's new standard requiring immigrants seeking permanent residence to demonstrate they will not become welfare-dependent was assailed by top Democrats as "fundamentally unfair." The new rule would require that would-be new residents have the demonstrated ability to earn an income greater than 250% of the poverty level. Over the last five years more than 70% of immigrants from Latin America fell short of this standard. In contrast, more than 70% of immigrants from Asia met the standard. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) charged that "it is the height of selfishness for a rich country like America to...
  • Melania trump reveals countries on African tour

    09/28/2018 11:49:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Africa News ^ | September 27, 2018 | Reuters and staff
    US First Lady Melania Trump is set to head to Africa next week for a four-country tour. Melania outlined her first major solo trip abroad on Wednesday at a reception for United Nations General Assembly leader spouses. The first lady will be visiting Ghana, Malawi, Kenya and Egypt. “October 1 will mark the first day of my solo visit to four beautiful and very different countries in Africa – Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt – all of which have worked alongside USAID and our partners to make great progress in overcoming some of their biggest challenges,” said Melania. During the...
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

    09/25/2018 2:48:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    Outdoor Hub ^ | September 10, 2018 | Staff
    Ever since then Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower lead a convoy of early trucks across the United States in 1919, the role of the American truck driver has been cemented in our culture, history and economy. Because of the importance truckers play almost a century after that famous cross country trip, the American Trucking Associations celebrates National Truck Driver Appreciation Week.As part of this well deserved celebration, Shell Rotella is launching an all new season of the hit CarbonTV original, “Roadworthy”. In the show, viewers will meet and ride along with truckers around the United States who have a strong desire...